This is a Paleo Life

Whatever it may be defined as or what people claim the paleo diet to be about (usually by people patently dismissing it), this, from an anthropological perspective, is what it’s about. How that’s defined or how that’s realized for you in the current world is for you to seek understanding in and decide for yourself, but not for defining what the food movement is at its core. So I guess this is my first take at a Mere Paleo-anity.

If you wanna consume 75% of your calories in coconut oil, go ahead, but that’s not what the paleo diet is. That doesn’t belong in diet books claiming to be a source on paleo—that’s quite a far extrapolation from the ancestral health movement.

While we’re on the topic of defining the paleo life, you should really go here: What Should We Call Paleo Life.

What We Historically Consumed
For long enough that nothing about our biology regarding these things has been found to have changed
A mess of plants without too many unopposed phytates

Water from flowing sources containing minerals from its source and the rocks and sediment it flows over

As many animals as you can manage to actually catch

What We Didn’t Have
No amber waves of grain

No “what do you feel like tonight” from a global scope of diversity

No sugar isolated from its plant (and bee) sources

Nothing that’s been done to food after that

Beyond Food
No lack of sunlight leading to Vitamin D deficiency and developmental myopia

No shampoos and soaps to strip away skin oils

No birth control altering the hormonal cycle of a woman’s body

No separation from “work” and food source

What Scientific Advances We Used to Have
Traditional knowledge of plant species and their uses accumulated over millenia

Intimate knowledge of the environment in which we lived, an ear to the ground of what’s going on in the natural world around us

Modern Achievements of Great Value to our Bodies
Dental care to make our teeth last longer than they’re used to

Shelter and technology to prevent predation and accidental deaths in the wild

Running water to give everyone a river to wade in

Technology for medical treatment of accidents that still occur and to attempt to mitigate diseases of civilization

Technology to curb the course of naturally being selected against (avoiding deaths that would result in nature, e.g. C-sections)

Knowledge and technology to prevent sexually transmitted disease and irresponsible pregnancies

Exponentially increased knowledge of the world and universe and the ability to explore those cognitive frontiers without subtracting the time required for food acquisition

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